(Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)
(Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)
President-elect Joe Biden plans to sign a slew of executive orders Wednesday afternoon aimed at unwinding President Trump’s environmental legacy, from restoring boundaries to national monuments to rejoining the Paris climate accord to reviving the government's role in protecting the air, water and endangered species.

Biden links prosperity to civic virtues in inauguration speech

Unlike his predecessor, who inherited a booming economy and a world at peace but could only see “carnage,” Biden looked out from a ransacked Capitol to a country reeling from pandemic and riven with injustice and saw the possibility for renewal and rebuilding.

Last-minute regulation would make religious businesses eligible for taxpayer-backed SBA loans

A rule proposed on President Donald Trump's last full day in office forces the Biden administration into a politically sensitive debate that raises questions about separation of church and state.
Douglas Jemal, convicted of wire fraud in 2007, has long ties to Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner.
Nearly 3,000 residents of Genesis Healthcare nursing homes have died from covid-19. The company's CEO got a $5.2 million "retention" payment in October, then announced he was retiring in January.
Kroger said it had been donating to the Indiana Oath Keepers, who were accredited as a nonprofit in 2017, from a program that lets shoppers choose charities to benefit from their purchases.
The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals vacated a Trump administration rule on carbon dioxide emissions, effectively restoring President Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan, which limited those pollutants from power plants.
The U.S. is an outlier for its lack of mandatory paid sick leave. Biden's plan seeks to eliminate loopholes that prevented some 100 million workers from accessing it during the pandemic.

A late start, stimulus payments that still need to be issued, 2019 returns not yet processed. These are just a few of the issues that could make for a stressful 2021 tax season.
States have responded to the slow rollout of coronavirus vaccine by expanding eligibility for the shots to people over 65. But the moves have made it more difficult to recruit and retain test subjects for clinical trials of vaccines that have yet to win emergency authorization.
Mike Lindell, a major Republican donor, has repeatedly pushed false claims that widespread voter fraud cost President Trump the 2020 election.
Ten companies have taken no action to cut off donations to the campaign funds of lawmakers who objected to certifying the presidential election.
If confirmed, Cecilia Rouse would become the first Black official to head the Council of Economic Advisers, and only the fourth woman.
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The plight of black entrepreneurs in Tulsa, nearly a century after one of the nation’s worst acts of racial violence.
The choice of the Obama-era regulators to lead two key agencies overseeing the financial sector signals the incoming Biden team’s intent to provide an aggressive check on industry after four years of deregulation.
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